In difficult times the higher education (HE) sector has demonstrated great resilience, determination, and a willingness to go the ‘extra mile’ to support students. The impact of COVID-19 and the rapid shift to online learning has been seismic for everyone, but particularly so for teaching staff and the students they support. While some organisations have a history of investment in their digital vision, pedagogy and infrastructure, others are starting from a low digital base.
This year, 2,677 teaching staff from 14 universities took part in our digital experience insights survey. The survey was conducted between October 2019 and July 2020. 48% of the data for this survey was collected after the lockdown on 23 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is good to see that 95% of teaching staff have a positive attitude to using technology and that a large majority (79%) are motivated to use it in their teaching, but the report also highlights some key challenges:
- Strategic leadership is vital in driving digital transformation
- More resource is needed to support staff to develop pedagogically informed digital practices
- The digital environment and infrastructure require further investment
This report shares key findings from the survey together with some early signs of impact and change after lockdown, and our research gathered since. It also highlights resources to support universities and inform the digital practices of the future.
Question by question analysis of findings
This report details the full question by question analysis of all survey questions and provides further information about the HE and FE surveys, the methodology, the question sets, response rates and any significant differences in the data gathered before, and on or after 23 March 2020.